ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A shooting on an Escondido roadside today left a man gravely wounded.

An assailant who appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s opened fire on the victim for unknown reasons about 1:15 p.m. on Gamble Street, near East El Norte Parkway, then ran off with a male companion, according to police.

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, Lt. Eric Skaja said.

Witnesses described the shooter as a light-skinned Latino with shoulder-length hair. He and his cohort were dressed in dark clothing.

The victim was walking near El Norte Parkway and Gamble Street around 1:15 p.m., when he was approached and shot.